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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,657Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 1448

$3.37M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 1448

1,277 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,277 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 24,555 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$131 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in California
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,112 1,049 1 4
CARVEDILOL 1,070 1,008 2 1
LOVAZA 1,026 1,007 3 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,002 986 4 2
DIOVAN 990 961 5 15
CRESTOR 728 689 6 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 581 561 7 41
DIOVAN HCT 563 554 8 29
SIMVASTATIN 559 535 9 3
FUROSEMIDE 524 491 10 7
CLOPIDOGREL 470 464 11 10
LIPITOR 451 434 12 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 413 373 13 6
JANUVIA 408 405 14 64
TRAMADOL HCL 403 402 15 56
PLAVIX 395 387 16 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 384 333 17 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 360 339 18 21
OMEPRAZOLE 347 317 19 23
NEXIUM 328 322 20 49
ACTONEL 315 314 21 117
TAMSULOSIN HCL 313 313 22 46
ULORIC 304 295 10 23 146
WARFARIN SODIUM 301 282 24 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 297 294 25 34
GABAPENTIN 288 287 26 51
GLIMEPIRIDE 276 250 27 66
SINGULAIR 254 249 28 91
ATENOLOL 240 213 29 12
NITROSTAT 212 207 30 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 200 179 31 42
ALLOPURINOL 198 195 32 43
PRADAXA 196 196 33 27
LACTULOSE 194 194 34 184
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 189 189 35 148
COREG CR 188 179 36 83
AMIODARONE HCL 185 166 37 22
METFORMIN HCL 182 174 38 25
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 179 164 39 96
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 178 166 40 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 177 170 S3 41 33
CALCITRIOL 173 173 42 203
DIGOXIN 166 158 43 13
ZETIA 158 155 44 28
BONIVA 155 155 45 167
PROAIR HFA 155 149 45 104
ADVAIR DISKUS 153 153 47 74
LISINOPRIL 150 112 48 5
XARELTO 143 129 49 58
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 122 50 18
MULTAQ 132 116 51 57
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 122 52 38
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 123 122 52 135
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 118 117 54 9
NASONEX 110 110 55 155
ACTOS 109 109 56 92
NIASPAN 108 92 57 47
MELOXICAM 107 98 58 73
NIFEDIPINE ER 105 96 59 59
AVODART 102 102 60 120
CALCIUM ACETATE 101 101 61 322
BENICAR 101 101 61 50
RANEXA 99 99 63 37
PATANOL 99 97 63 175
AZITHROMYCIN 93 91 65 76
TRIBENZOR 89 89 66 170
EXFORGE 83 79 67 80
COLCRYS 82 77 68 183
PROCRIT 82 82 68 244
TERAZOSIN HCL 78 78 70 116
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 77 76 71 52
MEGESTROL ACETATE 75 75 R 72 126
GLYBURIDE 74 73 R 73 89
ACIPHEX 73 73 74 174
SPIRIVA 72 72 75 97
VENTOLIN HFA 71 71 76 196
ATELVIA 68 68 77 157
JANUMET 67 54 78 119
CILOSTAZOL 66 63 79 95
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 65 80 158
FENOFIBRATE 65 61 80 54
CELEBREX 65 64 80 77
SERTRALINE HCL 65 61 80 99
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 64 84 227
TRICOR 62 59 85 94
CLONIDINE HCL 62 57 85 45
FAMOTIDINE 61 61 87 60
TRILIPIX 60 56 88 86
LANTUS 59 38 89 111
MIRTAZAPINE 59 46 89 181
BENAZEPRIL HCL 58 50 91 26
TRAZODONE HCL 56 56 92 128
COMBIVENT 55 55 93 147
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 55 93 24
MECLIZINE HCL 55 55 93 108
BENICAR HCT 54 54 96 84
AMOXICILLIN 53 53 97 142
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 51 97 190
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 49 97 212
EXFORGE HCT 52 52 100 172
DEXILANT 52 52 100 87
DILTIAZEM ER 52 47 100 78
DONEPEZIL HCL 51 51 103 68
AMITIZA 50 50 104 189
VYTORIN 50 46 104 71
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on June 7, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.